Issue #72 - 2012-12-10 - Are you relying on hash keys being ordered?

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Hi,

as I expected the number of posts went up in a crazy way. Not only the 7 or so Perl-related Advent calendars (3 new are listed here), but the number of individual posts is also much higher than in the previous 3 weeks. I wonder if this is already the (cold) winds of the Christmas Holidays?

There is also a new event added, for January, the Perl Oasis conference in Orlando, Florida. Check it at the end of the newsletter.

Enjoy the articles, and make sure you check out the Advent calendars as well!


Advent Calendars

Korean Perl Advent Calendar

It was left out last week.

Catalyst Advent Calendar

With a bit of delay, but the Catalyst Advent Calendar also went live.


Articles

Are you relying on hash keys being ordered?

When people use the keys() function on hashes, they quickly notice that the result is always the same. It takes a lot of energy to tell them they cannot rely on this order. With the recent changes in perl this will be much more obvious, making it easier to teach. This will also break the code of all those people who rely on the order despite what the documentation says. Breno G. de Oliveira explains it clearly and even show how the order that keys() returns changes even in current versions of Perl.

Adding Macros to Excel::Writer::XLSX

John McNamara described his adventure while adding macros. You can already use them and even add a button to invoke the macros.

Getting started with ZeroMQ and AnyEvent

Thomas Klausner goes into great detail and explains how to install and use ZeroMQ (The Intelligent Transport Layer) to speed up communication between machines. If only I could get longer lines on his web site...


Web

Dance For Me, Caribou, Dance!

While rewriting Galuga, the blogging engine Yanick Champoux (yanick) wrote, he takes us on a ride to the world of DBIx::NoSQL::Store::Manager and Template::Caribou.

My first week of Dancer, Xslate and Bootstrap

David Golden shows his newly acquired tools. Dancer, the route-based web framework; Xslate, the templating engine; and Bootstrap which is a nice HTML/CSS/JavaScript framework released by Twitter.

CGI is dead, long live CGI

'CGI might be out of favor for production sites, but for personal and internal applications, it's still the best choice for me.' writes and explains Steven Haryanto. Then in the comment section you'll see how PSGI wins even when you want to run as CGI.


Refactoring

Finding Duplicate Code in Perl

One of the biggest problem I encounter when starting to clean up legacy code, is locating and eliminating duplicate code. For a long time I planned to write something to find them, but I never felt up to the task. I am glad Ovid started to work on this. I think this will be extremely useful in a lot of places.


Configuration Management

How to fix a configuration model

A tutorial by Dominique Dumont to show how a configuration model can be updated.


Code

Visually graphing module dependencies

Little boxes with module names and arrows pointing to the dependencies. It looks good when there are no more than 15 boxes, but how can it be displayed in a nice way when there are 1-200 dependencies?

Count-up to 100 CPAN Distributions: Test-XML-Ordered, SDLx-Betweener, and more

Shlomi has released two now modules: SDLx-Betweener which allows for creating high-performance and smooth animations in SDL, and Test-XML-Ordered that can help testing XML files.


Fun

Designing Board Games With Perl

JT Smith, owner of both The Game Crafter and that of The Lacuna Expanse, you know, the open-source game, now explains how to build your own board game using Image::Magick.


Grants

Implementation of Macros in Rakudo

This is the Hague Grant Carl Masak receives.


Survey

Perl community motivation survey - results

You might remember I mentioned the survey that Vyacheslav Matyukhin runs as his market research. The result are in now with lots of histograms.


Perl 6

Longest Token Matching

As part of the Advent calendar Carl Masak explains how strangely consistent Perl 6 is, with the decision to change the behavior of the '|' operator in regexes to always match the longest string.


Weekly collections

Perl 5 Porters Weekly: November 19-November 25, 2012

As 5.17.6 was released with hash randomization, several modules on CPAN started to get failures from CPAN smoking.

Perl 5 Porters Weekly: November 26-December 2, 2012

Apparently rand() isn't that random on Windows. There is also a call to remove some undocumented functions from the Perl core. If you are one of those few who might use such functions, please speak up now!


Past events

LPW2012 - A short summary

Ulrich Habel (rhaen) visited the London Perl Workshop.


Events

I usually list the next 3-4 events here. The list of all the events can be found on the web site. If your Perl event is not listed there, please let me know.

2013 Perl Oasis conference, Orlando, Florida

January 11-13, 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA

Israeli Perl-Workshop 2013 (ILPW)

February , 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

German Perl-Workshop 2013

March 13-15, 2013, Berlin, Germany

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